Puppies are born under supervision in a safe, stimulating & clean environment. They are in a quiet and safe nursery with their mommy until 4 weeks of age. At 4 weeks of age they begin to explore, potty on their own and are introduced to puppy food. At 5 weeks of age they are introduced to potty training and eventually use a doggy door all on their own to go outside to do their business in a secured area. YES! using a doggy door here at a tender age is beneficial to any household without one. The concept is simple- puppies begin to potty on their own around 4 weeks of age, they are not able to hold it for any amount of time at this point so we provide them with a sufficient sized area just for bedding that has a doggy door leading to a much larger outside area with a potty patch (artificial grass) they are trained to use. Our puppies are never put on pee pads, newspaper etc to do their business thus meaning they comprehend the concept of pottying outside from the get-go and only need to be redirected in the appropriate area in their new home!
Puppies are socialized with people, other animals (cats, smaller dogs & even a bunny!) and get to play outside in the grass & sunshine for several hours per day in good weather! They are analyzed for both sound health & disposition making them the finest example of a Golden Retriever- best recognized as being "The loyal family dog"
A deposit is required before welcoming you to our home as is in the best interest and safety of us as well as avoiding any impulse buys & kennel shopping- a sound decision is of the upmost importance. All details can be found on our website about us, our dogs and our litters to make a solid commitment with confidence- we stand behind our word and each puppy for their lifetime (references available)!
We accept deposits once a litter is born, for a choosing order. A meet & greet for families that have placed a deposit to visit us and choose their pup is scheduled at/around 6-8 weeks of age-after their first puppy vaccination and when personalities have emerged.
We look forward to meeting each family we have carefully chosen for our puppies; with the puppies health being top priority it is imperative to wait until the litter has had their wellness check and first puppy vaccination prior to welcoming people into our kennel. We strive for this be a joyous experience for the everyone!
Children are more than welcome when you visit your new furry family member- however other pets are not permitted as it is not the proper place for that introduction or in the best interest of the other puppies & dogs here. Thanks for your understanding!
Our puppies do not tend to have sensitive tummies and we sometimes switch food brands ourselves, making selecting a brand suitable for your budget & location not an issue at all. A few brands we are currently using and have great success with are: Blue Buffalo & Taste of the Wild. Each brand has several varieties to choose from- all a personal preference! Puppy food should be fed until 12-18 months (your vet can better determine when you should switch to adult food).
When food shopping be sure to determine what is your most important quality; price, purchase location, ingredients. Always read the label on the back of the bag to ensure you are getting what you pay for. A meat based food and/or grain free will be your best option for optimal health.
We feed 2x a day (morning & evening). A feeding chart will be on the back of your food of choice, each brand varies so be sure to check the bag to find the amount needed each day.
We also introduce puppies to probiotics and other nutritional supplements such as vitamins & canned pumpkin when they begin to eat puppy food to ensure they get off to the very best start in the first crucial weeks of development.
Info on dog food brands and their ingredients/quality can be found at www.dogfoodadvisor.com
Crate- Your puppy will need a space safe for them to be unsupervised until trained. Wire crates are a great choice, you will need a size medium (approx. 36" length). This size will fit your dog as an adult and most come with a divider to make it smaller while they are. We can have one ready for you when you pick up your puppy- Order here!
Puppy Essentials- Your puppy will need puppy food a collar/harness, leash, food & water dishes, puppy shampoo, toys of different varieties etc.
We can also have a kit ready pre-made up with all the basics for your puppy during his/her first few months. A bag of their current food also available per request. Order here!
Other helpful options are a baby gate to block them off in a smaller area of your home or an exercise pen! All are great options and completely your personal preference, I use a combination here with each litter and they are accustomed.
We are located in Mechanicsburg, Ohio close to Dayton, Columbus & Cincinnati.
We welcome out of state adoptions, it is preferred the travel is made here to meet us in person. If not possible, we can arrange a trusted pet travel agency to deliver your puppy (at your cost). We do not ship puppies via cargo, you are welcome to fly in to meet with us and take your puppy home as a carry-on for your flight home.
Our puppies have traveled to the many states listed below so far!
HD Goldens is a small in-home kennel with a big passion for the loving, loyal nature of Golden Retrievers.
Our breeding program is established with professionalism and integrity to provide loving families with the perfect example of the Golden Retriever breed; outstanding in appearance, intelligence and demeanor.
We specialize in a variety of colors including English Crème, light gold, medium gold and red. All of our dogs have completed and passed thorough vet exams, approved for breeding and are sound in health and genetics which they pass down to their beautiful and intelligent offspring.
Each puppy is raised in professional hands and well socialized giving them the best start to being the perfect family companion. Much time and dedication is put into each dog, litter and finally each puppy. Raising dogs is a lifestyle rather than a hobby here at HD Goldens, a solid breeding program requires several dogs with excellent genetics and demeanor, around the clock care and most importantly- the dedication to maintain the health and well being in each and every dog & puppy here. My dogs are my family!
We are state licensed & inspected to raise puppies, a member of the American Kennel Club (requires routine kennel & record inspection as well) and the Golden Retriever Club of America. These things are crucial for a reputable breeder to ensure breeding is done properly, legally and in healthy conditions.
HD Goldens AKC Golden Retrievers